ALBANY — A statewide virtual Manufacturing Day celebration brought students from across the state together to learn about careers in the manufacturing industry.
FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, worked with several regional centers — including the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) at Mohawk Valley Community College — to organize the interactive, virtual event held on Friday.
More than 300 students from communities statewide participated in the event, which introduced to manufacturing companies based in or near their hometowns.
Scores of manufacturers from across New York shared information about their companies and participated as exhibitors.
“In New York State, there are over 15,000 manufacturers that provide close to 500,000 jobs statewide. There are open jobs available today and more are expected in the years to come as significant portions of the manufacturing workforce nears retirement age. It’s creating a workforce gap that requires
solutions like New York State Manufacturing Day,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc.
“Our Manufacturing Day events are designed to help show students what it would be like to pursue a career in the industry,” said Everton H. Henriques, NY MEP Solutions Director at FuzeHub. “Alongside our event partners, we’ll introduce students to in-demand manufacturing jobs, with the goal of inspiring them to become the future leaders of industrial innovation.”
Since its founding, Manufacturing Day’s goal has been to inspire the nation’s next-generation manufacturing workforce, encouraging students to consider careers in the industry. Manufacturing jobs are both in-demand and well-paying, especially during periods when industry leaders are faced with labor shortage challenges.
Over the next decade, it’s estimated 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and notably, U.S. manufacturing employees have an average annual income of $87,185.
FuzeHub used the digital conference platform Remo to enable event attendees to directly interact with each other in smaller groups, creating an experience similar to conferences or trade shows that have booths for attendees to visit.
It also allowed participants to remain in the platform to engage in larger activities as well, such as keynote addresses and panel discussions.
The regional NY MEP centers joining FuzeHub as event hosts and partners, in addition to MVCC included: The Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) at Stony Brook University; the Industrial Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC); the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T); the Center for Economic Growth (CEG); NextCorps; and Insyte Consulting. Supported by NYSTAR (Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation), the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a network of 11 organizations – 10 regional centers and one statewide center – that helps small and mid-sized manufacturers solve problems, accelerate growth and create jobs.